Papers: Arsenal face RVP race

Arsenal have given themselves a 72-hour window to secure a new deal for Robin van Persie that will tie the striker to the club for the foreseeable future.


The Daily Mirror reports that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hopes to wrap up a deal at the end of the season - but before Van Persie heads off to the Euros with Holland.

That leaves a small window to thrash out a new deal - between Arsenal's final Premier League game of the season at West Brom on May 13 and May 17, when RVP is expected for pre-Euro 2012 training with the Netherlands.

Van Persie has scored 38 goals in 49 appearances this season and interest in his services has spread across Europe.

The paper reports that should Arsenal fail to conclude a deal in May, Real Madrid and Inter Milan are keen on making a move for him, while Juventus claim they met his representatives this week.

Across north London, Tottenham are looking to nail down Luka Modric's future, in a bid to keep the Croat out of the clutches of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Chelsea targeted the midfielder in the summer with a £40 million bid while City have made no secret of their admiration.

Sources have told The Sun that Modric is concerned over the future of Harry Redknapp, who is tipped to take over as England manager, but Spurs are keen to tie him into a deal to keep him at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City players can also be linked elsewhere thought with reports that Real Madrid are set to resurrect their interest in City full-back Micah Richards.

The Daily Mail claims that Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has Richards on his shopping list this summer after failing to capture the defender during the Portuguese's time at Chelsea.

Richards only signed a four-year deal at the Etihad last year but Mourinho has been encouraged to test the water, especially as it has been suggested the England international has become disillusioned with Roberto Mancini's rotation policy.

To Old Trafford, and Paul Pogba is set to make a decision on his future after Ferguson confirmed United have agreed terms with the player's agent.

The Daily Mail reports that Mino Raiola has also struck a £20,000 a week deal with Juventus for the midfielder, who must now decide where he wants to play.

Fulham boss Martin Jol is fearful he could lose Clint Dempsey in the summer if the US international, whose current deal runs out in June next year, does not accept the club's offer of a new contract.

The Sun reports that Jol spoke with the top-scorer this week and told him he wants him to stay, but the Dutchman is aware that if an offer comes in from another Premier League club, the striker's head may be turned.

Tottenham will have to battle it out with German side Schalke for the services of Kasper Schmeichel this summer, according to The Sun.

The paper reports that Spurs want a young keeper to give 40-year-old Brad Friedel on his toes and believe the Leicester man fits the bill.

Meanwhile, The Times carries a story on its back page about the cost for the FA of hiring Spurs boss Harry Redknapp: the bill could hit £10 million.

Danny Simpson could leave Premier League surprise package Newcastle this summer after becoming dissatisfied with an offer of around £25,000 per week — an increase of £15,000, the Daily Mail reveals.

The paper states: "He will not sign a new contact unless the club significantly improve their offer and his name is being circulated by intermediaries with a view to securing a move."

And finally, both The Sun and the Daily Mirror have stories that reveal the real reason for Newcastle's success on the pitch this season - the players have been hosting Come Dine With Me-style evenings for each other.

The best cook? Mike Williamson claims it has been said the crown belongs to him and admits he is suspicious of other players passing off their wives' cooking as their own.

As for James Perch, well, Williamson would hardly recommend any Michelin stars just yet.

“All I got round at Perchy’s house from him was a jacket potato," he said. "So that’s definitely zero out of 10!"

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